Nature Reserve of the Year 2016

Winner of Nature Reserve of the Year for the second year in a row, and by an impressive margin. At Bass Rock, viewers behold a gannet-drenched stone kingdom in the Firth of Forth

Published: February 9th, 2016 at 4:01 pm

This 320-million-year old volcanic island off the coast of North Berwick is the largest single rock gannetry in the world, inhabited by more than 150,000 birds during breeding season. Says naturalist Simon Barnes: “You think nature is not for you and then you go to Bass Rock and see how wonderful and how easy it can be. Bass Rock is a portal, open to everyone. It says: ‘Welcome to the wild world. Come in and find a lifetime of joys’.”

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Visit: www.seabird.org

Runner up: Blakeney National Nature Reserve, Norfolk

Four miles of shingle spit on the North Norfolk coastline offers an ideal haven for spectacular birdlife and wildlife, which capitalise on the protection it affords Blakeney Harbour and the surrounding saltmarshes. Visitors can delight in the grey seal colony in winter and the tern breeding colony in summer.

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www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blakeney-national-nature-reserve

Authors

Maria Hodson is a production editor at BBC Countryfile Magazine. When not running around after a three-year-old, Maria loves all things wild and watery, from surfing and swimming to paddle-boarding and kayaking.

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